A Day at the Races and a Fundraising High Tea

Two big gigs this weekend just gone!

One was a nice easy (for me anyway!) hire to some lovely ladies in the country Victorian town of Greendale who are raising money to purchase a Dialysis unit to be kept in Melton on the outskirts of Melbourne. This will enable people needing Dialysis treatment to do it a bit closer to home rather than travelling all the way in to Melbourne. Melanie and her mum did a lot of groundwork in organising and when she put out the call through a Facebook group I’m a part of, I jumped at the chance to help out a worthy cause. I’m so so glad I was able to donate our tiered cake stands, and even happier that their high tea grew and grew until they needed 25 stands! Here are a few photos Melanie took of the event, and it looks like fun was had by all.

Saturday was my big big day, setting up and catering for a members supersite at Flemington Racecourse for Emirates Stakes Day. The weather wasn’t looking too good with a few showers through the morning but thankfully it warmed up a bit later in the afternoon.
Because everything had to come and go in a single carload, everything had to be simple, functional, beautiful and drunken punter proof! (it can get a little messy towards the end of the day)
On the menu was -
Lamb cutlets with homemade Tzatziki dip
Sweet Chilli Meatballs
Roast Beef Rolls
Salmon & Cream Cheese, Cucumber and Chicken & Avocado sandwiches
Caprese Sticks
Cheese and Vegie Platter
Chips & Dips
Raspberry & Coconut cupcakes (a Melinda’s Gluten Free packet mix, and oh my are they amazing!)
Lemon Pots de Creme
Lemon Delicious Jars
Fruit platter
and my Super Awesome Jelly Slice! (If I do say so myself :) I will share the recipe next post )

The set up was nice and simple too, a drinks table with 3 cocktails in drink dispensers, plus all the glasses and spirits (other drinks were kept in coolers) and there was one table for the food with some flowers and a couple of High Tea stands, so we could easily replenish with fresh food throughout the day. We set the site out much the same as we did last year with a couple of bar tables, 2 deck chairs and some lovely white sorrento chairs. Loving my deck chairs by the way, so so easy to make new seats for them so I can change their colour with my mood!
Anyway, I’m super happy with how it turned out, and thankful that the showers eased off to a beautiful afternoon. Much fun was had by all, and a few even walked away winners, even if they never left the Domain enclosure to see a horse! Time to share some photos huh? Here you go!

Stay tuned for that Jelly Slice recipe coming soon!

Michelle xo

So much going on!

It’s been a while between posts, and it’s a combination of being crazy busy or just not up to it. However all is well and I’m over the moon to announce that I’m expecting baby #2 in February 2014.

Baby #2

Baby #2

So apart from that news, what else has been happening in the world of Party in a Teacup?
Well back in August we were lucky enough to be a part of the first Melbourne Confetti Fair at the Abbotsford convent, a fabulous event which I will blog separately about later on. Also keeping us busy have been a wedding, some birthday parties and charity events. Winter is generally a bit quieter for parties, and I’ve been glad for the down time with the exhausting first part of pregnancy.

Also in August we had one of our biggest jobs yet, the Australian Women’s Weekly’s 80th Birthday High Tea! The event was held at The Pavilion in the Fitzroy Gardens, just east of the Melbourne CBD which is the most splendid of venues. It was such a lovely atmosphere to be amongst the trees and flowers but with all of Melbourne’s hustle and bustle so close by.
For this we provided our Tea Trios, cutlery, tea sets, our custom made vintage tiered cake stands and our gorgeous iron high tea stands for 130 guests.

13 tables in all! Setting up for the High Tea

13 tables in all! Setting up for the High Tea

Love this Tea Cup

Love this Tea Cup

Home made vintage tiered cake stands

Home made vintage tiered cake stands

While I was there to help set up the night before and morning of the event, I had to duck off to my day job while the event was in progress so unfortunately missed out seeing the event in full swing. I did however make it back in time to quickly meet the host of the day, supermodel Megan Gale, and nibble on some of the gourmet delights that were left over while we did the massive pack up. All in all it was a beautiful set up and I feel very privileged to have been a part of.

Megan Gale at the High Tea  - Photo courtesy of the Women's Weekly

Megan Gale at the High Tea – Photo courtesy of the Women’s Weekly

Author Di Morrisey at the High Tea - Photo courtesy of the Women's Weekly

Author Di Morrisey at the High Tea – Photo courtesy of the Women’s Weekly

All the scrumptious high tea delights. Photo courtesy of the Women's Weekly

All the scrumptious high tea delights. Photo courtesy of the Women’s Weekly

Shelly with Megan Gale at the end of the day

Shelly with Megan Gale at the end of the day

Thank you very much to The Pavilion and to the Women’s Weekly for having us as part of their wonderful event!

And last, but by all means not least, I have to say that my business partner and dear friend Michelle B has stepped back from her involvement in Party in a Teacup. Michelle is an exceptionally talented Pro Golf instructor and has taken up an opportunity with the PGA, as well as continuing in her instructing role at the Melbourne Golf Academy in Moorabbin and most importantly being an awesome mum to her beautiful little girl Elly. You will still see her parties feature from time to time and she hasn’t disappeared entirely, but I have to thank her for helping me get Party in a Teacup off the ground and making it the fab little business that it is today. I certainly couldn’t have done it without her. I’m still nervous about being out there on my own, but with the help she has provided over the first year of our little company I’m sure you’ll see more wonderful things from us in the future. PS. If you ever need a golf lesson and some cupcakes – Michelle’s your girl!

Til next time,

Shelly xo

A Seaweed Streamer tutorial

Good Evening! I’ve had a whole lot of requests on how to make the seaweed backdrop I made for the Under the Sea party so I finally got off my bum and made a tutorial video. So if you want to make some, grab yourself a plastic table cloth, some ribbon or cotton tape, some scissors and a stapler. They are super easy and very very effective. I would LOVE to see your creations, so feel free to post a picture here or to our facebook page.

Talk soon!

Michelle xo

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Party in a Teacup were absolutely delighted to be a part of 3 Biggest Morning Tea’s this year to help raise money for the Cancer Council Australia. We donated our services all three times, and had the joy of attending all three events as well. It made for a massive weekend, but we’re pleased to say that between the 3 parties they event hosts raised over $2000. How fantastic!!

Two events were private in peoples own homes, and the third was a public event run by the Kooky Kraft Klub, who’s operate in Melbourne’s Inner West. This one was a Mad Hatters Tea Party and Art Show, displaying some amazing crocheted, knitted and crafted ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed fancies. All the food was donated and we provided the vintage teaware, decorations, cake stands and table settings. Only too happy to bring you some photos from that day!

Under the Sea, Under the Sea!

Are you singing like Sebastian yet? We were in our house a few weekends ago!

A while back I posted about making some Message in a Bottle invitations for my daughter’s 2nd Birthday, and gee how that time has flown. It’s always a bit different setting up a party of your own, especially because my mind changed changed on a daily basis around what I wanted to party to look like. I could write my own brief but I know I’d never stick to it.

My little girl Lucy for a while there had a fascination with Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid and she wanted to watch the movies every day. Lucky I love Disney films, that’s all I can say! I wanted to create the feel of an underwater party for her but without the obvious links to the commercial films. The colour palette was light pink, blue and green which would give it a girly underwater appearance without going overboard (pardon the pun!) I wanted to incorporate lots of shells,  scalloped patterns, seaweed and coral.

The space we had to work is was quite small, given our house is a small terrace and the kitchen/dining/living space is all in the one room. Also being a Melbourne (almost) winter, there was no guarantee that we would be able to extend the party into the back yard – however I am thankful that the weather held out for us. After moving all of our regular furniture around or out I think the space ended up working quite well.

I did have some fabulous help from some of my local mummy suppliers – Let’s Celebrate Parties had the balloons and the cookie cutters, The Cupcake Maker made the beautiful cake and Tiny Tables and Chairs hired us the childrens size trestle table. I also have to give a big thankyou to Michelle B for all her help setting up and painting my chairs!! And to my gorgeous mum and sister for their help too.

Now I’m sure you want to see some pictures so here we go!

We decided on a costume favour instead of lolly bags, so each guest got to take home a mermaid or a fishy tail that my mum and I created. Lollies and 2y/o's aren't a good mix, especially after enough sugar at the party! we also dipped the cutlery ends in mod podge & glitter to give some extra sparkle to the pace settings

We decided on a costume favour instead of lolly bags, so each guest got to take home a mermaid or a fishy tail that my mum and I created. Lollies and 2y/o’s aren’t a good mix, especially after enough sugar at the party! we also dipped the cutlery ends in mod podge & glitter to give some extra sparkle to the pace settings

Our lounge room transformed for the under the sea party. Seaweed streamers made up a chandelier and ran the whole length of one wall

Our lounge room transformed for the under the sea party. Seaweed streamers made up a chandelier and ran the whole length of one wall

The Food Table, drinks and presents tables set under the seaweed streamers. We handmade the table skirt for the food table.

The Food Table, drinks and presents tables set under the seaweed streamers. We handmade the table skirt for the food table.

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I couldn’t find the chairs I wanted anywhere for hire, so after a few weeks of scouting I came up with 12 gorgeous little vintage wooden chairs. We sanded them back and painted them off white. I think they were perfect! They’re now part of our equipment for hire.

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I wanted the balloons to look like jellyfish floating above the table, I think they look a bit more like balloons with seaweed hanging from them, but I was happy with the result :)

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How divine is the birthday cake?!? I have to also mention that all the digital design was done in house. I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted elsewhere, so I extended my photoshop skills and I’m very happy! I created the backdrop, invites, place cards, food labels and entry sign.

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The Party was not without it’s disasters. Don’t look too closely at the tableskirt, and these little jelly cups with crocodiles were meant to be a single moulded jellyfish. Always the way, the mould worked perfectly in all my practice runs, but this one fell to bits as I was turning it out. :( Lucky I had the little jars handy!

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Starfish and Dolphin sandwiches, Seahorse and Fishy iced cookies, Cheesy Pasta shells over the back there. All the food had an underwater theme too

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These were by far my favourite!

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The food table in its entirety. Just enough to feed a horde of toddlers :)

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The Birthday Girl’s chair

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And who doesn’t love home made cupcakes, especially when they’re made by Aunty Shell Shell? These were our little sand dollars. Not perfect looking but gosh they tasted amazing!

So I’m looking forward to a nice laid back picnic in the park next year…..maybe…..actually I have had my eye on a full sized carousel horse which would make a beautiful centrepiece ;)

Shelly xo

Gumboots and Tutus at the Collingwood Childrens Farm

What a wonderful day we had today. In the last post you saw us making some gumboot planters, well this is the little girl’s birthday we used them in. Little Lola turned 2 today and it was wonderful to be a part of her celebrations. The theme was Gumboots, Farms and Tutus, which combined lots of Lollys favourite things. The Collingwood Childrens Farm, a gorgeous little farm next to the Abbortsford Convent, just north east of Melbourne was the perfect setting. Mother nature kept her part of the deal for a gorgeous day, and we were lucky enough get a few picnic tables to ourselves under a big old peppercorn tree.
Coordinating a party at a public venue can be a tricky and this one certainly had us on our toes. The venue opened only 20 minutes before the party was due to start, and as a result guests were arriving as we were still setting up, and hungry little hands didn’t want to leave all the pretty food on the table for very long! But we got it together and it looked super cute just in time to feed everyone morning tea.

Mums and Dads munching on Scones with Jam & Cream, Kids devouring cake pops and chocolate milk, all the while the free roaming chickens were cleaning up the dropped crumbs under our feet. Just brilliant! After a hearty round of happy birthday and blowing out the candles on the Peppa Pig cake, it was time to have a run around the farm to see the horses, cows, goats, pigs and piglets too!

Here a are a few photos from today, hope you enjoy them!donuts

Chocolate Milk and Donuts

Chocolate Milk and Donuts

Treat boxes for the kids

Treat boxes for the kids

Mmmm Chocolate Milk

Mmmm Chocolate Milk

Peppa Pig Cake

Peppa Pig Cake

Tutus in the Trees

Tutus in the Trees

Making Days

We’ve got a couple of little birthday parties on the horizon, so there are a few things to be made up and I thought I’d share some progress photos with you. The first party has a Gumboots and Tutus theme, and the next an Under the Sea theme. The Easter long weekend is a nice quiet one for us, so while Mr paints our bedroom and the little Miss is sleeping, I’m getting my creative on (When I really should be cleaning the house!)

Have I told you how much I love my hot glue gun? No? I just don’t know how I’d live without it! We picked up these gorgeous pink gumboots at some Op Shops, and with a little tulle, ribbon and hot glue, viola! Gumboots with tutus! :) But these are destined to be table centres, so I’ve drilled some holes in the bottom, and turned them in to little planters. I’ve put in Lobelias and made sure I got some with little flower buds, so hopefully they grow and bloom in time for the party in a couple of weeks.

Tutu Gumboots

Tutu Gumboots

Should I tutu up the little ones as well? And how cute are they on the gingham. I can’t wait to bring you this party when it’s all together!

Gumboot Planters

Gumboot Planters

The next thing I’ve been making this weekend so far has been the invitations for the Under the Sea party. I thought the perfect way to make a statement was the good old message in a bottle! So I hunted down some corks to fit some bottles I already had, then it was a trip to the beach to pick up some sand and shells. My little miss LOVED that part! I had also done the digital design on the invitation, as I wanted the invite to reflect some parts of the party decor later on. I really enjoyed putting these together, they are just so adorable!

Putting the bottles together

Putting the bottles together

The finished Message in a Bottle invitations

The finished Message in a Bottle invitations

So that’s been my Easter long weekend so far, now off to make some carrot cupcakes and get ready for the Easter Bunny’s visit! What are you up to this weekend? Hope whatever it is you have a wonderful time sharing it with family and friends.

A Vintage Tea Wedding – Suga and Murray, March 2013

We had the absolute pleasure of styling a beautiful wedding over the weekend. The couple wanted to give it a vintage style with a focus on using some amazing dinnerware that the brides family had spent many months hunting through op shops for. We were delighted to custom make the doily and flag bunting and the wedding direction arrow sign, as well as supply the gifts table, the seating plan, the cake table and all the sweet little crystal and silver vases.

The Wedding was held at The Briars, a beautiful old homestead on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The Ceremony had been planned for outside in the garden of the homestead, but with  impending heavy rain there was a very quick switch to set up inside the homestead before all the guests arrived.

The Reception was held in a marquee just outside the homestead, which looked out over the rolling hills of Mt Martha.  Strung with Lantern lights and the vintage doily bunting, it was simple and beautiful at the same time. The guests were seated at four long tables, with each place set with gorgeous mismatched china, from main plate through to tea cup.  The flowers down the middle were in the mismatched crystal and silver vases which added a lovely shabby chic touch.

I love the way so many things about two cultures came together as one (the bride is Sri Lankan and the groom Australian), my favourite of which was the wedding cake. When it arrived it was not at all what I was expecting, but we piled up this delicious, nutty Sri Lankan Love Cake (a tradition at Sri Lankan festivities) and decorated it as if it was a western style wedding cake. Very pleased with the results, and after tasting a crumb I’m tempted to make it for myself! I’ve found a recipe here and will have to try it soon.

For the cake table and the gift table we supplied some wine barrels and made a trestle top (for the gift table) which added to the vintage, rustic feel of the night. Well, we’re all packed up now, but I hope Suga and Murray had a fabulous night with plenty of dancing, and best wishes for a Happily Ever After.

Michelle A    xoxo

Wooden Wedding Directions Sign

Wooden Wedding Directions Sign

Gifts Table

 

The Table Settings

The Table Settings

The View through the Marquee

The View through the Marquee

Doilies

The Wedding Cake Stand

The Wedding Cake Stand

 

Gorgeous Place Settings

Gorgeous Place Settings

Beautiful china really made these place settings.

Beautiful china really made these place settings.

The place setting with beautiful iced cookies and tea as the wedding favours

The place setting with beautiful iced cookies and tea as the wedding favours

Pretty Plates

Pretty Plates

This was going to be the arch they were married under, but with heaving rain threatening, we moved it to become the grand entrance to the reception marquee

This was going to be the arch they were married under, but with heaving rain threatening, we moved it to become the grand entrance to the reception marquee

The Briars Homestead

The Briars Homestead

Merry Christmas from Party in a Teacup

We love Christmas here at Party in a Teacup, so to share the love we thought we’d share some printable bunting to decorate your home or office.
We’ve made it up in 6 different Christmassy sayings, so you can choose one or have them all!
Just print out the PDF on some cardstock, cut out the flags, punch a hole in each top corner and thread on to some string or ribbon. Makes for a wonderful christmas craft activity with the kids.
Click on the links below to get the PDF Files -
Peace Love Joy
Merry Christmas
Jingle Bells
Happy Holidays
Deck The Halls
Tis the Season

Peace Love Joy

Peace Love Joy Bunting Sample

Happy Decorating and a very Merry Christmas! Lots of love from Michelle & Michelle

You’ll really DIG this party!

Today we had the privelige of putting together a birthday party for a gorgeous 2 year old boy. He LOVES construction vehicles and will stop his mum if they are out for a walk to look at any building that is going on. It meant that choosing the theme for this party was a breeze! Construction vehicles all the way! We put together the perfect printable package and styled the party with the help of Jodie and Steve, Xavier’s gorgeous parents.

Jodie made the most amazing birthday cake, I wish I’d taken photos of the inside, it was layers of chocolate and vanilla!

The construction site birthday cake!

Steve had a blast covering the front of the house in caution tape. In fact, if he had more of it the whole house would have been plastered!

Xavier’s Dad had a ball decorating the front of the house in caution tape!

The styling of the party was nice and easy and very cost effective. The backdrop to the dessert table was strips of danger tape hanging over the window, and then we hung the custom printed bunting over the top. We used some of Xavier’s many Tonka Trucks around the house as props and food stands. The only new things made for the food table were the cake pop stands, which we can make to suit a huge range of themes. They certainly made an impact!

The Sweets Table! 

A truckload of chocolate crackles

Cakepops and Chocpops in our custom make cakepop stand

Custom Construction Bunting

Construction themed cake pop stand

Can I steal a cake pop?

Cupcakes and cakepops

There were plenty of things for the youngsters to get up to while the parents chatted away, including digging in the sandpit, painting plaster shapes, and colouring in, but my favourite was the good old painting the fence with water. The kids loved it!! A couple of bright yellow buckets and some cheap paintbrushes and they were all set.

Painting the Fence

Friends painting the fence together

Thank you so much to Jodie, Steve, Xavier and baby Thomas for having us along, we had a ball!